Laksa King: a tale of two laksas

12 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington
Phone: 9372 6383

I hadn’t been to Laksa King in a couple of years. It had since changed locations, and I’d heard varying reports about the quality of the laksa. Some people had said the quality had gone downhill, an others reported being quite pleasantly surprised that the change of premises hadn’t meant a change in quality or taste. So there was only one thing for it: I’d have to see for myself.

I ordered the combination laksa. I can’t remember if it was called the Laksa King special laksa, but that sounds like something I would order…? Anyway, it came laden with slices of fish cake, a couple of prawns, some sliced chicken, puffs of fried tofu (my favourite part of any laksa) and a huge plump oily chunk of eggplant. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, oily isn’t being used in a negative way here.

The soup was a heady mix of coconut milk and curry spices, and though others have claimed Laksa King’s soup doesn’t carry enough depth of spice, I have to disagree. It was enough to have me sweating within a few minutes. Though then again, I do tend to sweat quite easily when chilli is involved.
As you can see, I quite enjoyed this laksa.

Food court (South end), Highpoint Shopping Centre, Maribynong

Then I was at Highpoint Shopping Centre not long after, and I had heard that Laksa King had an outlet there. In the name of research (and not having eaten breakfast that morning) I decided to try the same combination laksa.

It was a little disappointing, given the fact that the girl behind the counter had bothered to ask me whether I was eating in or taking away, that I was served a laksa in a disposable plastic bowl. Combined with the disposable chopsticks and the thin plastic soup spoon,it made for a truly food court experience. Which is fair enough, I suppose. I was eating in a food court, after all.

The quality of the laksa, however, was definitely above your standard food court fare. Again, the (smaller) bowl was laden with seafood, chicken and tofu, though the soup was noticeably less spicy – perhaps catering to a wider audience? – and was a little overly coconut-ty.

So my verdict? If you’re out and about in the West – and you’re most likely in a car if you’re visiting Highpoint – take the trouble to drive over to Flemington and have the original Laksa King laksa. It’s much better than the food court facsimile. Though in all honesty, if you read food blogs with any regularity, you probably didn’t need me to tell you that.
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7 Replies to “Laksa King: a tale of two laksas”

  1. Can I just say that my mum had food poisoning the last time she was here when she had laksa at the laksa king highpoint….

  2. Thank you for this! I have been meaning to try the Laksa King at Highpoint to see if it was any different. And good to get your opinion on the new Flemington restaurant – have heard so many varying things about it.

    Lurrrve that deep-fried eggplant and the puffy tofu.

  3. Excellent timing, haha. I have been investigating Laksa in Singapore too. Going to try another version this week. And will need to re-taste laksa king's version again maybe to ascertain the differences. Damn I'm sooooooo getting fat with the laksa experiment!!! 😀

  4. Working very near from LK over last few years, I have been a huge fan.
    Since they moved to new location (well.. right next door).. food tastes a bit different but still good, really.

    However, I truly believe that it's lost its… charm…

    The new venue… huge (almost 5 times bigger), clean, nicely designed interior and furniture, huge McDonald-like signage, pay by card available, and look at those wine bottles. Slick inside out…

    But I still do miss old one.. that atmosphere makes me feel that I'm in somewhere in Malaysia, hidden, small, not quite clean, not quite friendly, cheap, but super tasty.
    Waiting for at least 5-10 minutes was normal and browsing DVD cases of Video Ezy next door while waiting was another part of the experience. You know.. building anticipation and strangely food tastes better.

    Yeah I do miss that old place.

  5. So true Mr Moon! It's a little strange that we crave places that are 'not quite clean, not quite friendly', and how that somehow lends an air of 'authenticity', isn't it? I feel the same way about Vietnamese places in particular. A refurbished restaurant always invites suspicion; 'why would they need to renovate to attract customers?', that sort of thing.

    But perhaps in the end, everyone likes a little change in their life sometimes, and it's not so bad if a restaurant owner is sick of looking at yellow walls every day and wants to paint them red? After all, s/he's only human…

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